Cryptocurrency mining operation that targeted govt websites could be the ‘first of many’, expert warns

A recent cryptocurrency mining operation that targeted over 5,000 websites in the UK, including that of the ICO, could be the 'first of many' operations that hackers could launch in the coming years, an expert has warned.

The recent cryptocurrency mining operation forced the government to shut down hundreds of websites belonging to e Student Loans Company, several NHS services, and local councils.

The cryptocurrency mining operation, which took place exactly a week ago, was conducted by hackers who compromised a widely-used browser plug-in to spread their web to thousands of websites and subsequently mined cryptocurrency using the processing power of infected devices.